Sunday, September 9, 2018

Q&A + RULES


SMW is ten years old this month! So much has changed over the years, so it felt
like the perfect time to give you an update on the rules, and answer your questions.






Q: Who owns the blog?

From the owner, Jenna (Emorox4eva) :

I started this blog back in 2008 as a way of celebrating hot buys and all the other real brands. It was also designed to help give more people a chance to own those coveted items or to win stardollars as well as make Stardoll itself more fun!



While I do own the blog, I couldn't do it without my managers (Lucy -Sunnysidessue and Agnes -Ashleybaby93) and all the other writers who contribute.


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Q: Who are the writers, and what do they do?



Our permanent writers can be seen on the sidebar - but they're not the only ones! 

If you see a post by someone that's not on the sidebar, they might be new, a guest, a former or  non-permanent writer.



The permanent writers post about new STORE releases - whoever is online to see it first gets that job. Anything else they write is up to them, and must be agreed to by the blog managers.

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Q: Who are the mods and what do they do?


All moderators ('mods' for short,) are in charge of making sure comments are relevant, and follow the rules. 


From banning rule breakers, to sorting out arguments, and getting rid of trolls, the mods keep everything running smoothly. They are also the ones to talk to if you are unsure about the rules, or are worried about someone's comment.

 We have 6 moderators currently active:

  • Jenna (Emorox4eva,)  
  • Lucy (sunnysidessue / passive aggressive marshmallow) 
  • Bella (Exabella,)   
  • Agnes (ashleybaby93 / but debbie....pastels? )  
  • Anja (ann_devil) 
  • Roxanne Gonzalez (MissFoxyRoxy913)  

You can see the (SMW MOD) tag beside their names:


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Q: What can't I post? And why not?

Note  - the chat page has its own rules, as explained below.
  • Comps often have different rules, which will be stated on the relevant post. These are considered minor rules.
  • We do NOT allow links, including youtube, stardoll, and gifs. People abuse it, it's too difficult to moderate, and videos slow down Disqus.
  • Edited images, including poses, backgrounds, and pngs, are NOT allowed in comps/raffles, unless stated otherwise. If is unfair on people without the skills or programs. But, you CAN post them on chat!
  • Stay on topic - ie, don't post about your cat in a New Release post. The chat page will welcome any and all cat pics, though!
  •  BANNED TOPICS:
    • The following are banned COMPLETELY as they are against stardoll's rules. SMW do not want to be associated with, or responsible for, any of the following:
      • Fakie advice
      • Duplicating designs
      • Use and discussion of Proxy servers
      • Trading & swapping items
      • Selling above 600sd
      • Selling sc items for sd
      • Selling anything for real money
      • Buying, selling, or swapping accounts
      • Arguing with moderators
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Q: What if I break a rule?

If you're new here, or it's a minor rule, you'll get a mod reminder. If it's a comp rule, you will be disqualified until you post a replacement entry.  If you break a minor rule several times, moderators will give you a warning. If you continue to break the rules after being warned, you will be banned.

If you discuss any of the BANNED topics, however, it's an automatic ban without a warning.
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Q: What if I see someone breaking a rule?

Here's what to do if you see someone else  breaking the rules:

  1. Tell them! - Give them the chance to fix their mistake. They may not know the rules.
  2. Flag their post  - this alerts mods to problem comments.
  3. Contact a mod - if they argue with you, or continue breaking rules, PM a mod or @them.
  4. Ignore them. - It might be hard, but the more you respond the more rules they will break - and you might end up getting angry and breaking some yourself. 

How to @ mods - reply to the problem comment with @modname - if they show up, then they have recently been online. If their names do not show up, try another mod, or PM them instead.

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Q: Wait, people are swearing. Is that allowed?


You CAN swear to show emphasis  - ie 'that's so fucking cool.'
You CAN'T swear at, or about someone. That includes other members, celebrities, and strangers.

We allow it because the vast majority of users are adults, or older teenagers who do swear in their normal lives, or are at least exposed to it. If this concerns you, please contact a mod to discuss it.

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Q: But what about the Chat page? People talk about all sorts of stuff there!

The chat page rules are different from the rest of the blog, and can be found HERE.  

The BANNED topics are banned everywhere, including chat. Chat does allow sharing edited images (if declared,) as well as off-topic comments, and general chat, unlike the rest of the blog. 

Because of this, we are a lot more lenient with the chat page rules than the regular. However, there are additional rules regarding sensitive topics that only apply on the chat page.

 If you're ever unsure - ask a mod! That's their job, after all.

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Q:How can I find the chat page?

On a laptop, the easiest way to find them is to click this button. The current chat page will be the one with the highest number.


You can also search 'Weekly Chat,' and again select the post with the highest number.

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Q:Why is there no judging panel now?


Long time readers will remember the days of the judging panel! It has long been disbanded, though, so is no longer on the sidebar.

These days, most, if no all of our competitions, are chosen by poll, allowing our members themselves to choose the winner.

Occasionally, sponsors or writers may act as judges, to choose the winners of their competitions themselves, and may choose to get help from other writers or friends.

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Q:How do I know if I've won something? How do I get the prize? Why don't I have it yet? Where do they come from?

Winners are announced one of two ways - either in a separate post, or by tagging the winners on the original competition. Make sure to check your inbox/notifications on Disqus, and check back regularly.


Prizes come from two places - either the Writers' own pockets, or from a sponsor.

How you claim your prize depends on the sponsor. You may either need to reply to a tagged comment or the winners post with a wishlist. Or, you may be asked to leave a comment on the sponsors' guestbook. Beware - if you claim your prize more than 48 hours, it may be forfeited to someone else.

However, it may take a while to receive the prize - different timezones, busy lives, and reliance on sponsors mean it may be delayed.

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Q: Wait, what's a sponsor?

Sponsors are people who provide prizes for competitions and raffles hosted by the blog. Sponsors must be willing and able to give away their offered prize, regardless of who wins. Sponsors can participate in the competitions they sponsor, as long as they are not also a judge, but will not receive a prize if they win.

To sponsor a current comp with stardollars, just leave a comment on the post stating how much you will sponsor, and any other requirements.

Examples - 
"I will give 20sd to the winner if there's more than 5 entries, or 40sd if there's more than 20 entries."
''I want to add 10sd to the current prize' 
'I'll give 15sd to the runner up'


To sponsor with an item, (like a design, wig, or item,) please contact a writer to discuss, as they may want to do a different style of competition that will relate to the prize.

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Fun Extras:

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Hopefully that answered a few of your questions - if you have more, feel free to ask them below! A mod or writer will answer you if they can.



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